A Calhoun County steel wire manufacturer is seeking an air construction permit to install equipment at its St. Matthews facility.

WMC Steel LLC has applied for a permit to install a pickling line to descale coiled steel. The application was made to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Air Quality.

In addition, the facility will install two 5 million-BTU natural-gas-fired boilers, eight additional wire-drawing machines, one additional stranding machine, one additional nail-manufacturing machine, and the seven above-ground storage tanks, according to the draft permit.

The facility is located at 289 Wilbert Way.

A comment period for the project will end at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Through Nov. 15, the project has not received any public comments.

The permit will enable the facility to construct and operate in compliance with state and federal air-quality regulations. The draft permit has not yet been approved and is open to comment from the public and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Emissions from the project will include particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, lead, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants.

Interested persons may review the materials drafted and maintained by DHEC for this facility and submit written comments on the draft permit by the end of the public notice to Ruthie Hall, 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201; or by e-mail at hallmr@dhec.sc.gov.

Where there is a significant amount of public interest, DHEC may hold a public hearing to receive additional comments.

Information relative to the draft permit will be made available for review through the end of the notice period at the DHEC Columbia Office, and at SCDHEC, Orangeburg BEHS Office, 1550 Carolina Ave., Orangeburg, SC 29115.

This public notice, along with the draft permit and draft statement of basis, may be viewed through the end of the notice period on DHEC’s website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/PublicNotices/.

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